Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The right decision. :)

Wow.  I just read some of my old entries.  I found out that half my body has been tingling for two years.  Plus, the inside of my cheeks have been bothering for two years too.  However, the weakness on one side and the cheeks has only happened during the summer.  My Dad always attributed to stress.  However, I knew it wasn't.  I am right because my body is fighting again.  I am not in school or stressed.

So, I have been volunteering at a local hospital in Spokane.  I will not say the name because I want still want to volunteer there.  I love working there because I can pretty much do whatever I want that's in the duties of an ER volunteer.  It took forever for me to start working there because of work.  For almost a year, I didn't really look at any of my textbooks from chiropractic school.  It was really painful for me to leave Parker.  I thought I destroyed my life.  I was questioning if I actually made the right decision.  Now, I am pretty sure that I made the right choice.  I am actually seeing that I am becoming more right than wrong.  In my last post, I had really good questions.  No one answered them when I was at chiropractic school.  I think I was the only one who actually noticed the fighting especially on tests.  It has made me question if people actually forget what they learned in our schooling.  There were so many smart people at Parker.  However, I was pretty much the only one who actually wanted to become an MD because of what I learned at Parker.

Sunday, July 14, 2013


Here's a link which I agree with which is about Chiropractic.  Right now, pretty much on the fence with this profession.  It's a total mess with everyone fighting with each other.  I think I would like to be a MD instead.  If I switch, it's going to be a long and hard road because I will still have to take a whole bunch of classes and jump through a whole bunch of loops.  However, I think that I'd be happier because I'd be following my heart.  I just don't want to spend 16,000 dollars per trimester in something that I am really becoming unhappy with.  It totally sucks because I am already under 100,000 dollars in debt with school.  I hate money.  I have realized it's pretty much something that grants access to things people need and want.  I hope that I am making the right decision.  MD make a whole bunch more money than Chiropractors.  However, it's really hard to get accepted in those type of programs.  

I am getting really frustrated because my body has been really fighting hard against me this trimester.  I am really trying to work with it; however, I think I need more education to know what's going on with me.  I would love to able to diagnose diseases and treat them.  However, I'd be only limited with certain conditions.  This program has not even taught me how to prevent injuries yet.  That was one of my goals from the beginning.  People in chiropractic think they know about Autism.  However, they really don't because they do not understand it.  They don't recognize that I am really Autistic.  The further I go through this program, the more I realize how Autistic I am.  I love obsessing and reading about a whole bunch of diseases. 

I was really blindsided last week.  The ER doctor said I probably have gastritis or an ulcer because I had epigastric pain.  I really, really did not want to go to the ER because it's a whole bunch of money.  The visit cost about 12,000 dollars.  However, this time I have insurance which will help out.  After I got out of the ER, I just cried and cried in my car because I was so frustrated about the whole thing.  If I am going to be a primary care doctor, I need to be able know all the different differential diagnoses.  We have not been taught pretty much anything about those two things in Chiropractic school.  I was thinking Acute Appendicitis because it was in the right area.  I was fighting nausea last Tuesday night and all of Wednesday .  I got really close to throwing up quite a few times, but I knew how to prevent that by not moving around.  

Ya, I really want more education because I feel that I cannot treat patients yet.  The only thing that I really know how to do is find subluxations and "adjust".  However, I hate that the things that we are taught won't be paid through insurance.  Insurance and chiropractic philosophy are really at odds with each other.  What really pissed me off the abdominal CT scan picked up a bilateral spondylolysis at L5.  I know that we have to be careful with them.  Cody who is in my class has one.  He says he's always in pain because of it.  However, I have read the amount of slippage doesn't correlate with the amount of pain.  A year and a half ago, I had a kidney stone which sent me to the ER.  I got an abdominal CT scan without contrast.  It picked up the kidney stone.  I know it picked up the spondylolysis too after looking at it with the new knowledge.  I can tell that the spinous process of L5 has moved further away from the body in a year and a half.  It sucks because I would have thought that the radiology department would have picked that up when I got an abdominal X-Ray over in the clinic.  

I am wondering why my neck and left shoulder likes to bother me.  It gets flared up when people adjust me.  At least, Mike who is my intern doesn't like to adjust it that much.  My right wrist likes to bother me too.  Last Monday, I had my wrist X-rayed because I was thinking ligament instability.  It didn't know anything abnormal.  However, we still should do dynamic stress images to make sure.  Of course, Mike doesn't know much about instability because we were not taught about it.  I still think that both I have tibial torsion in both of my legs because both my feet don't point where my knees point.  Of course, no one has taught and how to diagnose that condition.  

I am questioning the safety of me getting adjusted because of my Autism.  I am really hypermobile in some of my joints.  My hips and my scapulas have abnormal ranges of motion.  My entire spine is pretty much hypermobile too.  If people know how to lock out my joints in my neck, they will go pretty easily.  My thoracics adjust really easily, so people have to go pretty light on them.  My lumbars and hips are so hypermobile that many people have trouble adjusting me in side posture.  Most people torque me where it's really uncomfortable.  I tell them to stop, but most of them don't know how to stop torquing me.  It's probably because they want to take my joints to tension.  However, you cannot do that to me in side posture.  I loved Jarret's side posture because he got really good at it.  A whole bunch of things popped where it felt really good.  Only Dr. Pearce has done that to me recently.  

This is why I am questioning everything right now.  Since I am really hypermobile, did I get a Spondy because of people adjusting me??  What is the purpose for adjusting then if I am hypermobile??  Does Spinal Manipulation (Adjusting) hurt people??  Has it hurt my neck and lumbars??  How come I cavitate all the time when moving around when Dr. Marty Hall says that cavitations only happen past that passive range of motion barrier.  Some of my joints, cavitate in the active range of motion.  Dr. Marty Hall says that adjustments cause ligament laxity.  Am I getting adjusted way too much??  I have been getting adjusted twice a week for a year with Jarrett.  Before that, I was getting adjusted by classmates at least once a week.  This really flies in the face of chiropractic philosophy if getting adjusted actually hurts people.  Why do our professors except from Dr. Tom don't allow students to adjust them??  I was taught that getting adjusted will not hurt people what so ever.  Now I am really questioning that because what I am experiencing.  Why do I want to get in a profession if everyone disagrees and fights with one another??  No one can agree on the correct definition of what a subluxation is.  There are chiropractors that say that they can adjust people's emotions too.  Ya, everything is a mess.  This is why I am questioning everything and really confused.  I think I finally found a way.  I just wish that I didn't get screwed over in the process.  Oh well, that is what happened when I found martial arts.  I really got screwed by two people; my first teacher in Karate and my second teacher in BJJ.  I am probably acting the same way that I acted in my first Dojo.  I am trying to find the truth because I love what I do.  

What really pissed me off is when my one of my professors went against science with one of his test questions.  The question asked what is a good way to diagnose the thinning of cervical articular cartilage in a patient.  I said X-Ray because we can see the thinning of disks and decreased joint space.  However, he said none including CT Scan and MRI.  I found two studies that said that they can measure the thinning of cartilage in the facet joints.  Dr. Michael Hall did the same thing with eye movements.  However, I didn't mind it because I knew his position.  I ran into the same problem with Dr. Baggett and Dr. Watts test questions last trimester.  Dr. Watts said episiotomies don't work because they are more likely to tear again and normal tears heal better.  Dr. Baggett said that a cut that done in a straight line heals much better than a jagged cut.  I feel that this Triflex stuff which I am learning in Physical Therapy 2 isn't current at all.  It was published by Foot Levelers in the early 1990's.  Foot Levelers is a chiropractic company.  This is why I am questioning everyone because all of my professors are being really inconsistent.  I am was freaking out because I didn't know what to do when I hit clinic.  I wanted to work with MD's saying that I can help patients with back and neck pain.  However, now since Chiropractic is so unregulated, I can see why MD's don't trust us.  Especially when everyone says that vaccines will hurt children and will not prevent disease.  Even the American Chiropractic Association says that they want to encourage public choice, which means that they are taking a neutral stance.  That is really unacceptable.  We say that we have enough education to diagnose conditions and be primary health doctors.  However, I really disagree with that statement right now.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

Boards Part 1 Request for Accomodations

My disability affects my daily life the following ways:
It takes me longer to do things.  I don't organize things really well.  I tend to be really slow when I have to pack my bag to go home or when I have to clean and organize my apartment.  I love to obsess about things especially anything science related.  It takes me longer to communicate with people.  I decompress by not being around people.  I am more shy around people because I don't know how to act around them especially in groups.  Thus, why I love to observe when I am in labs in school instead of really actively participating.  My communication disorder is noticeable when I try to talk to people with heavy accents or from a different part of the country.  I don't remember what they said because I am trying to figure out what they are taking about.  Thus, I only get about half of what they are saying.  It is especially noticeable when I try to listen to my college professors who were born from a different country and where English is not their first language.  I love my Natural Reader software which reads everything I highlight on my computer including text in PDF format.  This is really useful because I can read much quicker.  Natural Reader keeps my attention when I read along with it.  

My disability affects my education and ability to take standardized WRITTEN examinations in the following ways:
My communication disorder takes me longer to read and comprehend written tests.  I learn by association, so I like to go back and recheck my answers to see if anything else has popped in my memory.  I love being in a quiet room because I am not distracted with people getting up and leaving. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Birthday and an Easter Card

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to write down what I wrote in two cards today.  I know I should be going to bed and sleeping because I have two finals at 7:00 and 11:00 A.M. today.  However, I wanted to write down what I wrote before I sent these cards off in the mail.  

The first one is a birthday card to Frank Ritenour.  He is a veteran who turned 100 years old on the third.  One of my friends in Utah invited me to a Facebook page saying that he wanted birthday cards from all 50 states.  So, I decided to buy him a birthday card.   The actual birthday card reads, "Statistics show that 98 percent of all Americans are guaranteed to 'Get a Little' every birthday!!!"  On the inside it reads, "... a little older, a little grayer, a little slower, a little heavier, a little more tired...  Anyway, Happy Birthday."  I wrote, "Dear Frank, Happy Belated Birthday!!!  You are the first person that I actually bought and sent a birthday card to in my life.  I am 26 years old.  You must be doing something right to be 100 years old!!!  Well, you got a card from Texas.  However, I am a native from Washington and Montana.  Sorry that the card isn't Texan!!  Thanks for serving our country!!  I hope that you will keep this card for years to come.  May you live well and prosper!!! Love, Lizzie."  

The other card is an Easter card to my parents.  I bought this card a day before Easter.  I had practicals all last week, so I didn't get to send it out until today.  The front of the card reads, "OK, you may hear a crack..."  It's a chiropractor palpating an egg who is prone on a table.  The egg looks really worried.  The inside reads, "Hope your Easter is everything it's cracked up to be!!"  I wrote "Dear Mom and Dad, I know that I will see you this Saturday.  I know that this Easter has passed.  However, I still wanted to send this to you because I never send anything.  Plus, It's a chiropractic Easter card!!!  Happy Easter!!  I am writing this on the eve of finals week!  Wish me luck!!  I am totally excited to see my family again.  Thanks for being such a huge support for me while going through school.  My neuroscience professor would be really happy that I wrote and sent you a card!!!  Love, Lizzie (Wiffer J. Biffer)."  

My Clinical Neuroscience professor said it's better for us to write out cards and sent it to people instead of just emailing them.  They can see that we've actually put thoughts behind our words.  I think it's both just like what the brethren say in General Conference.  Sometimes, we use technology too much  where we stop communicating to each other.  For me, technology is a must for me to understand other people.  My computer reads to me all the time.  I love it because I can understand and read much faster otherwise.  Goodnight!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Application Questions for Western States University

1.  Please describe your employment history. 
Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.  
Security Officer   August 2007 to December 2008 
Responsible for securing premises and personnel by patrolling property, inspecting buildings, equipment, and access points
Responsible for responding to and managing emergency and law enforcement situations
Front desk receptionist for approximately four months at US Bank Call Center

Division 9 Finishes  
Laborer          June 2006 to September 2006  
Performed chemical treatment of dentistry cages
Sorted and packaged dentistry cages
Light crane operation
Painted and stained floors

2.  Please describe any volunteer or community service projects in which you participated. 
During my last semester at Brigham Young University, which was winter 2011, I volunteered 10 hours at Hoofbeats to Healing located in Spanish Fork, UT at that time.  I helped around the barn and worked to take care of the horses.  In October 2011, I was a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints which lasted for seven weeks.  I helped people which needed our help by doing lawn work and cleaning houses.  I also proselyied with another missionary for the full seven weeks.  

3.  Please describe any extracurricular activities you have been involved with.
I was the Information Systems Representative for my class during my second Trimester at Parker University.  I also was a member of the Philosophy club during my first and second trimester at Parker University.  At Brigham Young University, I was a member of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club for about two years.  At Spokane Community College, I was a member of the Shut Up and Sign club for two quarters and SCC Players for a quarter.

4.  Why have you chosen to apply to University of Western States?* 
First, it eight hours away from Spokane, WA which is home for me.  Secondly, I know that Western States has a completely different philosophy from Parker University.  I want to become a doctor who specializes in chiropractic.  I believe that at Western States, I can achieve that goal better at Parker University.  

5.  Please write any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to know when considering your application. 
With this question, I didn't answer because I don't have to and cannot think of anything that they need to know.

6.  Why have you chosen a career as a chiropractic physician?* 
I want a healthcare career that I can work with my hands.  I like how I can restore the range of motion to a joint where it was restricted beforehand.   B.J. Palmer said, "Life is motion, motion is life. Lack of motion is death."  I believe that if one has free unrestricted motion in all one's movable joints in the body, some aspect of one's life will improve.  It is hard to pin point what will heal in a person because of all the variables.  I know that chiropractors can catch pathology through proper diagnostic testing such as the use of radiographs.  I know that chiropractors can really help with the management of back and neck pain.  I want to heal and help people achieve optimal health.  

7.  What specific experiences have you had with chiropractic health care?* 
I first started getting adjusted by a chiropractor when I was going to Spokane Community College.  He is a chiropractor who practices with Applied Kinesiology.  He is a vitalistic who believes that he can find subluxations through surrogate testing himself.  I was really impressed because I thought that he improved my balance.  When I went to Brigham Young University, I met a Parker graduate who took me to a Parker Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I was really impressed with the seminar because of all different classes one can take, the amount of chiropractors under a single roof, and the amount different companies which wanted to sell chiropractors their products.  I was exposed to more of the vitalistic philosophy and different adjusting techniques and styles.  I met and felt really comfortable with Dr. Mancini who is the president of Parker University.  Thus, I went and am studying at Parker University to become a chiropractor. 

Along my journey, I have become unhappy with the vitalistic philosophy in Parker University.  I don't believe that the body has the power to heal anything and everything under the sun just by getting adjusted.  Last trimester, I took Diversified which focuses on the quality of the motion of each joint in the spine.  I like the philosophy where we have dynamic listings instead of focusing on static listings and "bone home" type of techniques.  When getting personally adjusted, I liked getting "popped" and where I can feel the bones move.  I know other techniques like activator can help too, but I prefer diversified.  

8.  What type of practice do you envision for the future?* (i.e. multi disciplinary clinic, independent, overseas, sports, pediatric, ethnic community, etc.) 
The main areas that I want to focus on are sports, pediatric, and neurology.  The type of sports that I want to focus on are skiing and martial arts.  Since I am a woman and will have kids one day, I figured that I should learn how to adjust babies, kids, and teenagers.  I am planning on getting a diplomate in chiropractic neurology through the Carrick Institute when I graduate from chiropractic college. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Canola Oil

I think that I am slightly allergic to canola oil because I am pretty sure that I slightly reacted to Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips.  The only ingredients in the chips are potatoes, canola oil, and salt.  I ate the whole bag too today.  The bag of chips had 1120 calories.  That is why I don't buy potato chips and breads that much because I have been known to eat the whole bag.  Canola oil is mainly made from rapeseed.  This would make sense why I reacted to some Earth Balance Organic Buttery Spread a couple times.  I haven't reacted every time I ate it though.  The only things that I suspicious of in the spread is palm fruit, canola, and annatto.  I have been slightly been reacting to cheese too.  It might the the annatto or just the mold that likes to grow on cheese.  However, now I don't think that I am allergic to annatto because I ate Tillamook cheese on my break all the time and didn't react to it.  I am very sure that the cheese had annatto in it.  Ya, I am pretty sure that I am allergic to canola oil because my mouth still feels a little sore.  Ya, this sucks being allergic to everything.  At least, I can have my smoothies.  I know I won't react to those and are really healthy for me.  Plus, I have my white rice that I can rely on.  I just need to get a butter container since butter is safe for me too.  I need to go.  I have a neuroscience test to take tomorrow.  I need to make my smoothie and get ready for bed.  I should be in bed by 11:30 PM so I can have six hours of sleep.  It's 11:05 PM right now.  Night.  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Painful Lumps

So, I reacted to Wheat Thins Toasted Chips last night and a little bit today.  I looked at all the ingredients to see what I could be allergic to; I found only rye, tritcale (a cross between rye and wheat), and barley.  All the rest of the ingredients, I am pretty sure that they don't bother me.  I  Maybe because of one of these grains, I reacted to some bread that I ate at my parent's during the break.  I am happy that I finally got something that I reacted to with so few ingredients.  Most of the foods that I react to has a whole bunch of ingredients which I haven't singled out.  

Since Tuesday, I have had a sore on my palate.  Another one developed on gum right behind my right, furthest posterior molar a little later during the this week.  The first one might have started from sucking on too many Lifesaver Wint-O-Green Mints.  My mouth tends to get sore when I suck too much hard candy.  However, I have no idea why I developed another one behind my molar.  Usually, I am just kind of sore for a few days.  It's been more than a few days now.  I am coming close to a week.  I know that I sound like a pansy right now.  It's been really annoying though.  I can't eat anything that hard because it hurts my mouth.  The one one my palate is on my left side right next to the second molar counting from the front.  I think that I normally eat on my left side too because I have to consciously push things to my right side.  All I know that these things are getting annoying.  I want them healed so I won't have to keep feeling them when I eat.  These sores could be allergy related too.  

My armpits are hurting me too.  Since a teenager, I have developed lumps in my axillae.  I think that my GP at that time said it was only a lymph node.  I have noticed that I get them less if I shaved every two week instead of once a week.  Both axillae have developed lumps this week.  I shaved them last Sunday.  They are also annoying when I have these lumps because they can get pretty big and painful.  Pretty much for four hours, I was researching and got distracted into searching about painful lumps.  Whenever it involves YouTube, I can get distracted for hours upon hours.  I watched Embarrassing Body which involved common conditions and then got into the TV shows that featured the really rare disorders.  When I came out of that, I discovered that it's four AM in the morning.  So, I searched a little more and discovered that Staphylococcus aureus can be carried in the axilla.  I already know that it likes to live in my nose.  Ya, I think these lumps are abscesses instead of swollen lymph nodes because I noticed that they appear less when I shave less.  I would like to try an electric shaver then.  I think that they are abscess because their characteristics remind of me the abscess that I got on my behind.  I have a tendency to get ingrown hairs since my hair is curly too.